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Finding Your Voice?


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Finding Your Voice: Exploring Key 8 in the Tarot:


In the mystical world of Tarot, each card holds profound insights and symbolism. Among them, Key 8 represents the Strength card, a powerful archetype that encourages us to find our voice and embrace our inner power. Discovering our unique voice is an essential journey of self-discovery and empowerment. Let's delve into the wisdom of Key 8 and explore how it can guide us towards finding our true voice.


Embracing Inner Strength: Key 8, depicted by a woman “opening the mouth” of a lion, symbolizes the inner strength and courage needed to overcome obstacles. Just as the lion represents our primal instincts, finding our voice requires acknowledging and embracing our authentic self. By tapping into our inner strength, we can navigate through life's challenges and express ourselves with confidence. It also shows the “lemniscate” (figure of infinity) which is the representation of infinite possibilities.


Overcoming Self-Doubt: One of the most significant barriers to finding our voice is self-doubt. Often, we hesitate to speak up or express our opinions for fear of rejection or judgment. However, Key 8 encourages us to conquer these doubts and trust in our abilities. By recognizing our own worth and embracing our unique perspectives, we can step into our power and assert ourselves.

Harnessing Personal Power: Key 8 teaches us that finding our voice goes hand in hand with harnessing our personal power. It invites us to acknowledge our inherent strength and use it responsibly and purposefully. ( I will tease apart “Purpose” on a future blog) When we tap into our power, we radiate confidence, which naturally draws people towards us. By aligning our actions with our values and standing up for what we believe in, we inspire others to do the same. (The red lion in Alchemy is purification of the life force)


Discovering Authentic Expression: Finding our voice is not limited to verbal communication alone. Key 8 reminds us that authentic expression can take various forms, including art, writing, or even body language. Through creative outlets, we can explore and express our true selves, allowing our voice to manifest in ways that resonate with our soul. The process of self-expression is deeply liberating and can lead to personal growth and fulfillment.


Balancing Power with Compassion: While discovering our voice and embracing our power is crucial, Key 8 reminds us to balance it with compassion. Just as the woman in the card gently tames the lion, we must learn to assert ourselves without resorting to aggression or dominance. By infusing our voice with empathy and understanding, we create connections and inspire positive change in the world around us. We also see this as an essential path working in the tree of life. For true strength only comes with the balancing of power and compassion.


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Conclusion: In the realm of Tarot, Key 8 guides us on a transformative journey of finding our voice and embracing our inner strength. By overcoming self-doubt, harnessing personal power, and exploring authentic expression, we unlock our true potential and inspire others to do the same. Remember, your voice is unique and valuable. Embrace it with confidence, compassion, and conviction, and let it guide you towards a life of authenticity and fulfillment.



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